A Sinister Sunday

6.27.10 - Merriweather (Graham Lucas)

Phish concluded their transformative weekend on Sunday night with a dark, thematic set filled with shredding musicianship and exploratory jamming. Punctuating a four-night run that nobody will soon forget, Phish leapt into the fray with an igneous experiment that read “Saw It Again > Piper > Ghost > Jumping Jack Flash > Saw It Again.” Bookended by groove sessions, this psychedelic suite provided the core of the show, careening into uncharted territory with the new and improved Phish from Vermont.

Sparking the eighth set of the weekend with “Wilson,” the band cranked up the heat on an unbearably hot evening at Merriweather Post Pavilion, using Gamehendge as an energetic trampoline into the final frame. Potentially responding to an “up-fronter’s” sign, the band dropped into “Meatstick” out of left field, juicing the millennial anthem’s feel-good funk with emotive guitar leads and an out-of-character jaunt into a series of swamp grooves. As Trey, ripped a single chord, the band left the song’s progression for swanky dance rhythms that stretched seductively until Trey got another idea in his head. Once Red awkwardly ended a growing “Meatsick” with the opening riff of “Saw It Again,” the set flowed impeccably from here on out.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Staging a sonic assault in “Saw It Again,” the band stretched the piece into thunderous sheets of sound and psychedelia while screaming the lyrics over the top of the evil soundtrack. Morphing into a significant piece of musical dramedy, the band continued shrieking the one-liner as they built a spacey segue into “Piper,” much like SPAC’s “Makisupa > Piper” transition from a week ago. And with “Piper” came the unquestionable creative and innovative highlight of the evening. Take the full-band crushing from “Oswego” ’99’s legendary version, and cross it with “Miami’s” crafty piece of musical density, and you’d come close to approximating the vibe of this stellar summer standout. Bombarding the crowd with a sawed-off shotgun of musical ideas, Phish exploded in an ever-morphing series of mini-jams. Without a tangible linear theme, the band took a jump off the deep end, going for the jugular in an experimental piece of roaring proportions. Transcending the uptempo rage-fest and avoiding generic percussive jamming of ’09, Phish wove through many creative portions of new-era music. This is one that needs to be heard to truly comprehend, as it reaches so many diverse places. In the jam’s denouement, the band broke into a groove that brought rhythmic resolution to the freight-train that had just demolished the venue. Moving the outro into a spacier texture, the band slid from their sprawling epic into the long-awaited second “Ghost” of summer.

6.27.10 (G.Lucas)

Left untouched since opening night in Chicago, the crowd was more than ready for the seminal late-90’s vehicle. This version shied from straight groove, as Trey began soloing early with notable nimbleness, and he simply never stopped. The whole band toyed with the changes of “I Saw It Again” throughout the “Ghost” jam, thematically uniting the non-stop sequence. Taking center stage, Trey slayed his leads as the band continued a driving groove beneath his display of fireworks. In an aural double-take, virtually nobody in the audience realized that Phish had sculpted “Ghost’s” jam directly into The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Trey simply stepped up and sung the lyrics over the existing pattern in the smoothest possible segue; the kind you don’t even realize is happening. Blowing out the end of the cover, the band began chanting “I Saw It Again” over an increasingly menacing texture, moving back into the song that started all this madness. In a fifty-minute period of maniacal music, Phish painted Sunday evening black, celebrating their new found confidence with a compelling trek into the underworld.

Official Merriweather Poster

Breaking out “Contact” for a light, late-set interlude, Phish capped the evening with a short but sweet “You Enjoy Myself”, featuring “Jumping Jack Flash” teases at the beginning and end of the jam. The lyrical reprise of “I Saw It Again” that surfaced throughout the set came out most creatively as Trey substituted “Boy,” and portions of the “Wassha Uffizi” lyrics, with “I Saw It Again,” all completely in rhythm and with hilarious intonation.

Last night Phish underlined a set of seething music with their classic sense of comical creativity, illustrating, once again, that the band has arrived. Playing another flowing set flooded with modern ideas, Phish followed up their past two nights with yet another magnificent evening.With three straight nights of next-generation Phish, the band has redefined what it means to be a fan in 2010. Cranking out everything in their repertoire, from exploratory jamming to ornate compositions, and doing it like the maestros that they are, Phish has taken the second half of tour by storm. After this weekend, the south should take heed, as a musical cyclone is about to hit the region. With only a Tuesday stop in Canandaigua separating us from tour’s four-night finale, June will always be remembered as the month when the band began moving forward again. And the future has never looked brighter.

Set I Notes: The first set featured six summer bust outs, most notably, “Walfredo,” “Tela,” and Bob Marley’s “Mellow Mood.” Though everything was played quite well, the set picked up steam, in earnest, with another scorching “Bathtub Gin,” which, in turn, set the table for a closing “Antelope.” Before the two classic vehicles emerged, the set had translated as a somewhat choppy recital; but its ending salvaged the opening frame.

I: Walfredo, Mellow Mood, Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, The Divided Sky, Tela, My Soul, Ginseng Sullivan, Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin, Brian and Robert, Run Like an Antelope

II: Wilson, Meatstick > Saw It Again > Piper* > Ghost* > Jumpin’ Jack Flash^ > Saw It Again > Contact*, You Enjoy Myself**

E: Fire*

*Saw It Again lyrical quotes
**Saw It Again quotes and Jumpin Jack Flash teases; Saw It Again and Surfin’ Bird quotes in vocal jam.
^ Phish debut

"Tela" - 6.27.10 (Graham Lucas)

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1,083 Responses to “A Sinister Sunday”

  1. BeantownBoy Says:

    @ Joe

    Already checked this morning: 6 hours and 45 mins.

  2. tela'smuff Says:

    My god. That Wolfman’s vocal jam. uggghhh. this is just stupid good. This Wolf has like a Boogie On and a Y.E.M. jam in it all mixed in one.

    @zzyzx – my wait is Telluride and that just seems so far away, and so many good jams away. 🙁

    I’ll have Pitchfork Music Fest to hold me over.

  3. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    ^pitchfork music fest will be fun but all those indie acts don’t amount to one phish show. straight up, they don’t

  4. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    (i’m just talking live)

  5. tela'smuff Says:

    ^you will not get an ounce of disagreement from me on that point!

  6. DaNcInG fOoL Says:


    i saw beach house, band of horses, broken social scene and pavement at the toronto island last week and it’s just not phish. i fucking love those bands (well the last 2 at least), but live it’s just so meeeh

  7. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    there’s seriously more energy in a phish lot than from all 4 of those performances combined

  8. st8 of mind Says:

    Not sure if you guys have seen this website. Summer SBD’s.


  9. BTB Says:

    Have they played Curtain yet?

  10. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    curtain tonight, or somewhere south. maybe saving for the closer

  11. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    lol so basically i just predicted it will be played sometime in the next 5

  12. Guyute711 Says:

    the end of saw it again is just filthy

  13. HarryHood Says:

    No show tonight

  14. Mr.Palmer Says:

    During Piper you can hear Trey at 1:30 in ” let’s try it again”‘….

  15. lastwaltzer Says:

    so what do you guys make of all these new covers? All one offs? STill suprised we haven’t seen the return of golden age………..

  16. KDog Says:

    Hey everybody, I read here but this is my first post. Does anyone know what the deal is with the Jumpin’ Jack Flash? as in did they plan to do it or did they just decide to do it on a whim in the ghost jam? I haven’t listened to the show I’ve only listened to the livephish sample of the JFF and it sounded a bit impromptu to me. It’s really cool that they played it as 6/4/09 was my first show and they teased JFF in that Drowned. I’ve always thought they should play JFF after Ghost because Trey strums those beginning chords to it alot after ghost peaks. especially in the 7/6/98 Prague ghost

  17. zzyzx Says:

    It’s Jukebox Tour 2.0…

  18. Guyute711 Says:

    kinda hear a little my soul in Piper

  19. Mr.Palmer Says:

    One time only i think. What the hell do i know though? I could see maybe the Rover being played again. Other than that, i don’t see anything sticking.

  20. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    BTW guys, trey is using a teleprompter, so i take back what i said about it being ridiculous that he is learning all these new lyrics for one time covers

  21. BTB Says:

    Hood – breaking news right there pal

    Just got a text saying they played Jumping Jack Flash last night 😉

  22. DaNcInG fOoL Says:

    haha BTB, i hear you also know all the baseball scores from 2 nights ago

  23. Selector J Says:

    thanks for the On The Wire info. Those archive shows are especially up my alley.
    also, was rocking the UK dancehall comp you put on your mediafire the last couple of days. real nice digital chunes deh. i think gdad would love that comp, too.

    Considering Lily’s report on all the song signage, I wonder if Mellow Mood was an impromptu signal that they were about to honor a deluge of requests last night.

    “I play your favorite song, dar-ling…”


  24. Robear Says:

    bk, how’d it go at the Waterhwheel?

    Hope all the young fans in the northeast absorbed Phish Tour 201 the past three weeks and will be ready next time around.

  25. sandstone Says:

    There aren’t many, if any, bands out there playing today that could muster that amount of energy for that length of time. I mean, just to keep that first set peaking and peaking as it did was phenomenal.

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